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Lethal Weapon

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1987
  • Richard Donner
  • 112 mins
  • 18

Summary

Action thriller starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Martin Riggs is a detective whose almost suicidal recklessness makes him a walking time bomb for criminals and colleagues alike. His reluctant partner, Roger Murtaugh, is a mature family man who plays everything by the book and wants to see out his police years as safely as possible. The duo are reluctantly teamed together to take on a vicious international heroin ring being run by former Vietnam mercenaries.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Implausibility is a large part of the entertainment in this romp par excellence, with each overblown set piece becoming ever more ludicrous. The basic buddy-buddy situation is a familiar one, but Mel Gibson, as the loose-cannon detective whose disregard for danger reaches new heights when he investigates a drugs ring, and Danny Glover, as his play-by-the-rules, ever-fretful partner, bring a great deal of spirit and fun to the mindless mayhem. The chalk-and-cheese chemistry of the two leads was so popular that three further sequels were made over the next ten years.

Credits

Cast

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Martin RiggsMel Gibson
Roger MurtaughDanny Glover
JoshuaGary Busey
General McAllisterMitchell Ryan
Michael HunsakerTom Atkins
Trish MurtaughDarlene Love
Rianne MurtaughTraci Wolfe
Amanda HunsakerJackie Swanson
Nick MurtaughDamon Hines
Carrie MurtaughEbonie Smith
Beat copBill Kalmenson
DixieLycia Naff
Captain Ed MurphySteve Kahan
Beat copFrank Reinhard
EndoAl Leong

Crew

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DirectorRichard Donner

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia-Cannon-Warner
Released on
1987-08-28
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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